Pi Day with minimal prep! -
This engaging set of activities is a great way to celebrate Pi Day with your middle school students. The set includes 6 stations. This works well with groups of 4 - 6 students rotating through the learning centers spending about 15 minutes at each.
The zip file contains two PDF files:
-One version in full color (station cards + worksheets)
-One version in black and white (station cards + worksheets)
Station 1: Students use string to measure the circumference of various circular objects and record the circumferences and diameters. They divide to get values close to pi.
Station 2: Students use a "Pi Facts" sheet to create a poem, song, story, or graphic that somehow includes or represents three facts about pi.
Station 3: Students calculate areas and unit prices for pizzas to compare small, medium, and large pizzas and find the best deal.
Station 4: Students complete a Pi Wordsearch Puzzle.
Station 5: Students read Pi book(s). Suggestions for books are included. (This is also a great place to allow them to enjoy a Pi Day treat if you choose to have any.)
Station 6: Students are guided to work with a sphere to calculate the radius and explore volume.
The last two stations come with interchangeable station table cards so that you can choose to use one, the other, or both and have options of a total of 4, 5, or 6 stations and keep the numbers consecutive.
Materials needed for first 4 stations:
A variety of round objects (bottle caps, plates, CDs, etc.)
Rulers or meter sticks
Additional materials needed if you use all 6 stations (for larger class or smaller groups):
ball (any size/type)
books about pi day (see suggestions below)
optional pie or other treats
For more great resources, try:
Middle School Pre-Algebra Super Bundle
Learning Stations: Discovering Polyhedra
Pi Doodle Notes